**I received compensation from Bayer Consumer Health, makers of MiraLAX® to write this post. MiraLAX® is a laxative used to treat occasional constipation. All opinions are entirely my own. #ReLAXOnTheGo #CollectiveBias
5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling
I have been traveling for over 20 years and over the years I’ve developed some tips and tricks to stay healthy while on the road and to avoid common traveler mistakes such as dehydration, fatigue, digestion and intestinal issues. Today, I am sharing with you 5 Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling.
[ 1 ] Drink plenty of water
This is so obvious, but when you are having fun, it’s not what you prioritize during your day, but staying properly hydrated is key to staying healthy on the road. Dehydration can lead to a sleuth of problems that can cut your vacation short or at the very least make you feel like you need another vacation to recuperate when you get back home.
You can make sure you are drinking plenty of water by always carrying a water bottle or water pack (if hiking) with you at all times. When abroad, always buy water and check for a safety seal to make sure your water has not been tampered with. And if you start to see signs of dehydration – cramping, dry mouth, chapped lips, it is time to increase the electrolytes.
[ 2 ] Eat fiber
After water, fiber is your second best friend while on vacation. It will help keep you regular and keep things working just as they do at home. You don’t have to eat super healthy on vacation, but do try to have fiber-rich foods such as beans, grains and vegetables with at least one meal a day. Oatmeal or some cereals are a great source of fiber in the morning. A healthy salad every now and again will also help keep things regular and make you feel less guilty about all the desserts you’ve been consuming.
[ 3 ] Be smart
The world wasn’t built in one day, so you shouldn’t try to see it in one day either. I have been guilty about packing as much as I can into one vacation only to come home and park myself on the couch for a week afterwards just to recover. But over the last few years I have found more balance by including more lazy days into the itinerary. So, take it from me, don’t over schedule your vacation. Rest, find time to unwind, take a nap by the pool, read a good book on the beach, book a massage or just leave a day clear of activities.
When eating out, be smart about where you go. I love markets and street vendors, but I always make sure to watch and see if the food is being prepared in a clean environment. A good tip to stay safe is to ask a few questions: Are kids or more mature adults ordering food from this vendor? Are the people handling the food also handling money? Does the place have clean water for hand washing?
Those are usually good signs that the food is safe. I once ate a fresh egg crepe in China, in a back alley, and was completely fine using these tips.
[ 4 ] Keep active
Staying active during vacation may be hard, especially if your idea of vacation is a luxurious hotel room with marvelous room service, but staying active will make sure you fight off jet-leg, occasional constipation and those extra vacation lbs from indulging in one too many pancakes with bacon.
Being active doesn’t have to be hard. You can rent a bike, walk on the beach, hike, kayak or just take the steps instead of the elevator to keep your body moving.
[ 5 ] Pack MiraLAX®
Even when you follow all the tips above, sometimes you may still experience some occasional constipation and discomfort while traveling, that is where being prepared comes in handy. I always make sure to run to Target before every trip to buy last minute toiletries and “just in case” pharmacy staples like MiraLAX® Mix-In Paxs.
There are a couple reasons I prefer MiraLAX® over other brands of laxatives:
- MiraLAX® works with my body’s natural processes, meaning it doesn’t try to make me go. Instead, it uses the water in my body to hydrate things, making it easier to go. There are no harsh side effects or urgent nature calls.
- MiraLAX® Mix-In Paxs are easy to carry in my purse which means I can take it anywhere. It also dissolves easily in any drink and has no taste which makes it a staple for me while traveling.
You can find MiraLAX® Mix-In Paxs in your nearest Target store in the pharmacy aisle.
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Next time you hit the road, I hope you follow these easy 5 tips to stay healthy while traveling.